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Sources: M.J. McFarland to transfer out of Texas, UTEP a possible landing spot

Reports surfaced last night that Texas tight end M.J. McFarland is transferring from the 40 Acres, sources tell us overnight UTEP is a highly likely suitor.

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Horns Digest's Chip Brown reported that tight end M.J. McFarland was possibly one of about six Texas players on the roster looking to transfer.

If the report holds true and the 6'4 250 pound McFarland does indeed transfer, sources tell MinerRush UTEP is a likely destination for the El Paso native.

He confirmed his transfer to the Austin-American Statesman today, and will make a decision by the end of the week.

McFarland graduated from El Dorado High School in 2010 as a Rivals four star prospect and was ranked as the 11th overall tight end in the nation, and chose the Longhorns over UTEP, New Mexico, and San Diego State.

While at Texas, McFarland never emerged as threat in the passing game, though became a reliable blocker this season starting four games, and was named a Big 12 All-Academic honoree.  He graduated from Texas last May and will immediately become eligible with one year of eligibility remaining.

His most productive receiving season was his red-shirt freshman year where he had eight catches for 125 yards and a touchdown, this season he had 11 catches for 55 yards and a pair of scores for the 6-7 Longhorns under first year head man Charlie Strong.

UTEP will be in need of a tight end to emerge in the spring, as sophomore to be Cole Rogers returns, along with Boise State transfer Hayden Plinke who becomes eligible next season, both look to be on top of the depth chart at tight end at the moment.

The spring semester at UTEP starts January 20th, we will continue to monitor any concrete movement.

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